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128,000 civilians leave Syria's Eastern Ghouta

IANS  |  Damascus 

A total of 128,000 civilians have so far left rebel-held areas in Damascus' Eastern through humanitarian corridors, state news agency reported on Wednesday.

Citing a military source, said the secured the evacuation of the large number of civilians, adding that the operation was ongoing.

The latest batch of civilians left Eastern on Tuesday, with 500 civilians reaching government-controlled positions in the Wafidin area northeast of before they were taken to shelters nearby, cited the Syrian news agency as saying.

The civilian evacuation, which started on March 14, was made possible after the advanced in Eastern and captured 90 per cent of that area from an array of rebel groups, which have been entrenched in that key area since 2012.

Also, thousands of rebels and their families were leaving Eastern Ghouta towards rebel-held areas in province.



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First Published: Wed, March 28 2018. 20:16 IST